These Hair Dyes May Be Giving You Cancer

July 27th, 2014
The dangers of hair dye go way beyond stains and strong odors... New research from Sweden reveals your favorite hair coloring may actually be giving you cancer.

They’re dangerous compounds that can cause cancer. The EU banned them in the early 1990s because of their link to bladder cancer alone. But experts were warning of the dangers of these deadly compounds as far back as the 1970s.

That’s when about 90% of commercial hair dyes contained these carcinogens. These chemicals are supposed to be gone from most cosmetics…

But not according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. It reveals that 98% of hair color and bleaching products contain moderate to high-hazard chemicals. And a new study proves how much of a threat they still are…especially in the United States.

Researchers in Sweden wanted to investigate the connection between hair dye use and cancer risk. They looked at lifestyle data from female non-smokers. This included 295 hairdressers, 32 hair dye users, and 60 controls.

Hairdressers had up to 81% more o-Toluidine (o-T)—a toxic carcinogen—in their blood than women who didn’t use hair dyes. But the highest levels of o-T in hairdressers were only 10% higher than those of the women using these products.

This means women who are frequently dyeing their own hair may be at almost as great a risk… And the danger for women in the U.S. could be even greater.

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Five Natural Alternatives to Sunscreen

Don’t waste your time with sunscreen. They’re downright dangerous. Here are five natural alternatives.

No matter what the mainstream keeps telling you, sunscreen won’t help you avoid skin cancer.

Some even contain harmful chemicals—like oxybenzone—that can lead to skin conditions…or worse.1 We’ve told you before that it’s the snake oil of the 21st century. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect your skin if you’re spending your weekends at the beach or enjoying the outdoors…

Here are five natural alternatives to sunscreen that help prevent cancer…and sunburns.

Eating This Helps Lower Your Risk for ALS

Most people with ALS die within five years. Doctors can’t even find the cause of 95% of cases. But eating this may significantly lower your risk of developing it.

It’s one of the scariest neuromuscular diseases you can get…

It kills neurons that control your voluntary muscle movement. This cuts off communication between your brain and your body. The effects are devastating… Yet you don’t hear much about it.

Maybe it’s because there are only about 5,000 new cases in the U.S. each year. Roughly 30,000 people in the U.S. suffer from it. But don’t let numbers fool you: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a real threat.

You may know it by its other name—Lou Gehrig’s disease. Up to 95% of all ALS cases appear at random… No family history, no clear risk factors.1 But new research from the Harvard School of Public Health may have found a way to help lower your risk by over 30%.2

It’s a critical substance… But there has been some controversy surrounding it in the past. Some doctors don’t give this stuff a second thought. Others know it’s one of the single most important things you can add to your diet for optimal health. If you aren’t going out of your way to get more of it, now’s the time to start…

This essential nutrient may be your best defense against developing ALS.

The Harvard study reviewed data from over a million subjects. The researchers made adjustments for factors like age, exercise, body mass index, and other diseases. They even looked at antioxidant intake. But they found that omega-3 fatty acids (n-3) helped most when it comes to lowering ALS risk.

Both marine and plant n-3s were effective in preventing ALS… But plant-based alpha linolenic acid (ALA) had the advantage.

Standard fish oil lowered risk by 16%. But ALA helped reduce risk by 27%.3 They’re both good fats. But ALA has something fish oil doesn’t: phytosterols.

They’re compounds found in plants that may help lower bad cholesterol and inflammation. You can get them in small amounts from most vegetables and organic plant oils. But one study found that adding ALA to sunflower oil increased the amount of phytosterols in the hearts, livers, and lungs of rats more than sunflower oil alone.4

ALS tends to strike people between 40 and 60-years-old…but it can show up in young people too. Most people with ALS die within five years of diagnosis. Only 10 percent survive for more than 10 years.5 But adding more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet may be your best chance of preventing ALS.

ALA may be more effective than fish oil… But getting a variety of healthful fats from your diet is the best strategy. People who eat the most overall n-3s may be at 34% lower risk of developing ALS.6

Eating wild-caught salmon, chia seeds, avocado, grass-fed beef, and walnuts will give you a variety of quality n-3s. You can also find natural ALA and krill oil supplements in health stores and online.

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References:
1http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/amyotrophiclateralsclerosis/detail_ALS.htm
2http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1886776
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The Surprising Secret to a Healthier Gut

Your gut is your body’s first line of defense against infection and disease… But you’ll need more than diet alone to build up a strong roster of helpful bacteria.

We recently told you that antibiotics may raise your risk for colorectal cancer. That’s because they kill the helpful bacteria in your gut.

These “good” bacteria defend against pathogens, fight disease, and help lower inflammation. You don’t want to be without them. And new research shows a surprising way to increase—and diversify—your gut flora.